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Amiga.org: Why Linux Needs Amiga

Dec 14, 2000, 16:06 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Russell)

[ Thanks to AMIGA2000 for this link. ]

"One of the biggest questions I come up against when talking to people about the new Amiga platform, and specifically about Amiga's deals with Red Hat to be the multimedia platform for Red Hat Linux, is "Why does Linux need Amiga?" Tough question -- until today."

"Today I read that Id Software, creator of Quake III Arena, had scrapped the retail version of the game for the Linux platform. Id software CEO Todd Hollenshead said: "It [Linux] is a support nightmare due to the multiple flavors of popular versions (of Linux) and the ever-changing kernel. Retailers don't want it, and the Linux Q3A sales were disappointing."

"When I read that everything came clear. ... Armed with a legacy of being the most capable gaming platform on the market, the new Amiga DE can run hosted within any major software environment (like Windows and Linux, to start). At under 5MB total, the Amiga DE can even run piggy-back on game discs for Nintendo's Game Cube and Sony's Playstation. The user need never see the Amiga environment, games need only include the pieces of the Amiga DE that require running through a host operating environment."

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